Although talk therapy is helpful in analyzing thoughts and emotions, it can keep us distant from experience. Keeping the inquiry in the mind often leaves us feeling separate from ourselves. We may lose the opportunity to gain deep insight and self-awareness, compromising our total physical, emotional and psychological well-being.
Connecting to the body and becoming familiar with the stories it holds helps reveal what our conscious mind tries to hide. Self-awareness is a crucial aspect of self-understanding and healing. We can’t heal what we don’t know is there. By opening communication between our conscious and unconscious selves, we begin to make connections that were previously unknown.
Awareness of the body is the primary focus of somatic psychotherapy. Mind–body awareness teaches us to tolerate discomfort, rather than turn away or react against it. Somatic psychotherapy helps us live in a more embodied way, giving us more access to our authentic self-expression. We grow a more intimate understanding of why we do what we do, and we learn how to respond to the circumstances of our lives in a way that helps us maintain a sense of balance and equanimity, regardless of the situation.